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500 ATTEND REGIONAL PARTS ALLIANCE SHOW

A very high turnout was recorded at a regional trade show organised by the Parts Alliance in Exeter.

The event was held in the function rooms of the Exeter Chiefs rugby club and had a variety of suppliers promoting their wares, running competitions and passing on fitting tips and best practice to technicians.

An added attraction was touring car driver Matt Neil who shared anecdotes about his career with the crowd throughout the evening.

Visitors were mostly customers of branches in the South West. Most of these branches are former Unipart Automotive sites, which were simply re-branded as Parts Alliance.

Paul Dineen, Head of Garage Programmes at The Parts Alliance said: “To host a midweek evening event and attract so many people after the working day was a great achievement. It was also half-term so a number of owners brought their families along too”.

“Huge credit goes to all the team who worked tirelessly to organise the evening and of course to the supporting suppliers and attending garage customers who made the effort to come along”.

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PDP Chair: Commitment and spend ‘most important’ factor

Alastair Whatmore, Chairman of the Parts Distribution Partnership has contacted us to confirm that five out of 21 member companies have left.

However, he explains that to simply look at the membership number misses the point as the group considers commitment and spend with suppliers as being the ‘most important’ factor.  “The companies that have decided to leave has reduced overall turnover by 18% and spend with suppliers by 15%” he said, also noting that the group itself had grown by 70 percent since 2013.

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VALEO ACQUIRE FTE AUTOMOTIVE

VALEO ACQUIRE FTE AUTOMOTIVE

valeo fte stitchThe owner of hydraulic component firm FTE Automotive has announced that the company is to be sold to Valeo, subject to the usual legalities.

Established in the late 1940s, the firm has been owned by a number of private equity companies in recent years. Current owner Bain Capital acquired it in 2013 from PAI Partners. In turn, PAI acquired the company in 2005 from HG Capital who had owned it since 2002. HG acquired it from Dana Corporation.

In  recent times, FTE AutomotiveThe company won the 2016 PACE Award (premier Automotive Supplier’s Contribution to Excellence) for its lubrication oil pump and the PACE Innovation Partnership Award for its cooperation with a major German OEM.

 

Rothschild and Goldman Sachs advised Bain Capital on the transaction. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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AUTOMECHANIKA BIRMINGHAM AFTERMARKET SEMINARS

PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF THE ORGANISER OF AUTOMECHANIKA BIRMINGHAM

SUZI PERRY Q AND AS 12:30 TESDAY 7 JUNE, KEYNOTE SEMINAR THEATRE

SUZI PERRY Q AND AS 12:30 TUESDAY 7 JUNE, KEYNOTE SEMINAR THEATRE

Automechanika Birmingham will be the home to more than 550 high calibre businesses over the course of three days, from the 7th to the 9th June 2016. As an important part of the visitor experience, the organisers have arranged a series of informative seminars that will examine a wide range of important issues facing both the aftermarket and supply chain.

The aftermarket focussed seminars will be presented by prominent figures and organisations from within the industry and will provide insight, explore the challenges and reveal the opportunities effecting the future of the aftermarket.

The seminars will be presented across three theatres, the Keynote Theatre sponsored by Morris Lubricants, the Aftermarket Theatre sponsored by Aftermarket magazine and the Technical Theatre, with Workshops for the Aftermarket organised by autotechnician magazine and sponsored by TecRMI. The programme of events begins at 10:30 and runs to 16:15 on Tuesday, 10:00 to 16:15 on Wednesday and on Thursday from 10:00 to 13:50: for full details of the entire programme, please visit the Automechanika Birmingham website.

  • Among the aftermarket specific presentations is ‘The workshop of the future: how data is shaping servicing and diagnostics’ by Max Lienard, Autodata, on Tuesday 7th at 11:00.
  • Ian Gillgrass is also giving a presentation on Tuesday on ‘The rise of autonomous technology; what it means for the automotive industry’ at 14:20.
  • The final aftermarket focussed seminar of the Tuesday is Adam Bernstein’s ‘The impact of regulations on business’ at 15:40.
  • On Wednesday, Wendy Williamson of the IAAF, will be giving a seminar at 10:30 on the ‘Challenges facing the automotive aftermarket’.
  • The DVSA will be presenting the latest developments in their seminar of ‘Modernisation of MOT training’ at 11:15.
  • ‘Safeguarding your business: dispute resolution and key updates on consumer legislation’ will be given at 13:40 by Mark Hallam of Motor Codes.
  • There will also be a selection of seminars focussing on the effect technology will have in the aftermarket. First on Wednesday, is HELLA’s Neil Hilton presenting ‘Overcoming the challenges of ADAS’ at 11:20. There will then be a seminar on ‘The impact of technology in the retail sector’ given by Professor Jim Saker at 13:00. Finally in this section will be Prashant Chopra, Autogem, at 15:40 on the subject of ‘TPMS, a tidal wave of challenge and opportunity’.
  • The first aftermarket based seminar on the closing day, Thursday 9th, will be given by Steve Scofield, IMI, at 10:00 on ‘The changing world for Vehicle Testing Stations – MOT requirements demystified’.
  • Also at 10:00, Shaun Greasley of TecAlliance will give a seminar on ‘Supporting the independent’.
  • The penultimate seminar concentrating solely on the aftermarket is ‘Vehicle systems integration’ presented by Paul Grosvenor, MAHLE, at 10:40.

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CLASSIC MINI THIEVES JAILED

CLASSIC MINI THIEVES JAILED

CO287-16 mini 2Two thieves who stole classic Minis to break for parts have been jailed.

Stephen Fiddimore and Sam Metten have been found guilty of stealing the cars, breaking them and hiding the parts across a number of lock-up garages. Spares were then offered for sale on websites including eBay.

A Met Police investigation into a spate of thefts of Minis led officers to a lock-up in Horton Kirby, Kent. Further investigations saw police raid two more garages and a unit on a farm where the remains of a number of vehicles were recovered. Police believe the pair stole 40 cars between August 2014 and May 2015.

In addition, two vehicles seized from the criminal’s home addresses were found to be stolen and cloned. The pair recived sentances of three and a half years and three years respectively, following a trial at Inner London Crown Court.

Detective Inspector Caroline Clooney, of the Met’s Organised Vehicle Crime Unit, said: “These men systematically targeted the owners of classic Minis across the south east. Many of the vehicles had been lovingly restored and were the owners’ pride and joy. Discovering that their cars had been stolen obviously caused them much distress and inconvenience”.

“I am pleased with the sentences handed down and hope it sends out a message that the Met is serious about tackling car crime and will always seek to destroy the activities of individuals involved in it.”

The classic car community has reported a spate of thefts of post-war classics in recent months. Apart from Minis, modern classics including rear-drive Escorts, Capris and Peugeot 205s have also been targeted.

 

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TOTAL RENEWS FIVE-YEAR KIA DEAL

TOTAL RENEWS FIVE-YEAR KIA DEAL

Total Lubricants has renewed its strategic partnership agreement with vehicle manufacturer Kia.

For the next five years, Total will remain the Korean VM’s preferred aftermarket lube supplier for its vehicles. Total branded oils will continue to be available in Kia dealerships in 180 countries, which includes the UK.

Kia and Total will also develop joint marketing service programs aimed at increasing Kia dealers’ profitability, customer retention and customer satisfaction.

 

The deal was signed between Steven Yoon, Vice President, Overseas Service Division at Kia Motors Corp. (left) and Pierre Duhot, General Manager, Automotive Division at Total

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eBay Car challenge

Here’s an interesting press release from eBay:

 

Any car enthusiast that has a restoration project sat in their garage or workshop is invited to enter the eBay Car Challenge.  Hopeful projects can range from a surprising barn find that’s gathering dust, to a prized family heirloom needing funds to get it back to its former glory.

 

The three projects will be chosen by eBay on 3 April 2016, with each restoration receiving £4,000 in funding to spend on over 270,000 live listings of car and motorbike parts and accessories available on ebay.co.uk. The restorers will then have until 3 July 2016 to complete their project.

 

“eBay is the first destination for any car restoration project. The eBay Car Challenge will bring to life the wide selection of car parts and accessories that can only be found in one place, that’s eBay. And in turn will showcase the passion and love of amateur mechanics from across the country,” says Murray Lambell director of retail car parts & accessories, eBay.

To get involved in the eBay Car Challenge, simply email a photo of the car in its current condition with 500 words outlining the restoration project including history of the vehicle and the work that needs completing:ebaycarchallenge@launchpr.co.uk.

 

For more information on how to get involved visit: www.ebay.co.uk/ ebay-car-carchallenge.

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Join Holts’ Panel and get free samples

UK aftermarket manufacturer, Holts, is seeking mechanics and garage owners to join its ‘Professional Panel’ initiative.
In return, members of the  Panel receive a bundle of Holts products plus it’s sister brands – Redex, Prestone and Simoniz. Additional branded workwear alongside being the first to test new products completes the package.
Holts is keen to hear from mechanics and garage owners. Interested applicants are invited to visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WT5NRCD and complete the form or call the Holts PR team on 0161 839 1986.

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Brexit means ‘catastrophic’ crash for UK industry

A UK-based manufacturing company believes that exiting the EU would cause a ‘catastrophic crash in UK manufacturing’s competitiveness’

Writing in the upcoming March issue of CAT, Toby Massey, MD at BM Catalysts says: “Brexit is a divisive issue and from an economic perspective, an increadibly short sighted one”

He notes that 50 percent of his company’s turnover is generated from export, so the corporate stance is ‘naturally pro EU’.

However, his strongest words are reserved for the subject of migrant workers. He writes, “It’s naive to assume that closing the boarders to migrants would facilitate an abundance of home grown labour. In fact, what would happen would be a catastrophic crash in UK manufacturing’s competitiveness. Cost of production for UK manufacturers would likely sky rocket and manufacturers across the channel would be given an obvious advantage. This could easily lead to many manufacturing businesses, especially SMEs, going under altogether.”

 

Read the full article in the March issue of CAT, published tomorrow.

 

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AC service supporting data

WhoCanFixMyCar Heatwave special – supporting data

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